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Athletic Training: Professional Organizations and Websites

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)  The world’s largest sports medicine and exercise science organization, whose mission is to advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)  An international organization of orthopaedic surgeons and other allied health professionals dedicated to sports medicine.
  • American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) An international organization of biomechanists in biological sciences, exercise and sports science, health sciences, ergonomics and human factors, and engineering and applied science.
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology An international, multidisciplinary, professional organization that offers certification to qualified professionals in the field of sport, exercise, and health psychology.
  • College Athletic Trainers' Association (CATS)  U.S. based organization, whose mission is to provide high quality care to our student-athletes, to foster a close working relationship with organizations whose interests are to promote intercollegiate athletics, and to address the needs and concerns of full-time head and assistant athletic trainers at colleges and universities.
  • National Academy of Kinesiology  Organized in the early 20th century, the mission of the Academy is to encourage and promote the study and educational applications of the art and science of human movement and physical activity.
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)  The professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession.
  • World Federation of Athletic Training & Therapy (WFATT) An international coalition of national organizations of health care professionals in the fields of sport, exercise, injury/illness prevention and treatment.

Open Access Resources

Athletic Injury Digital Video Library A collection of images, videos, and vodcasts related to athletic training and strength & conditioning, produced by the Department of Kinesiology/Athletic Training at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Exercise Physiology (Medscape) WebMD site that describes the basic physiology of exercise.

National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)  Searchable database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in medicine and healthcare from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U. S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.

Resources for Coaches from SHAPE AMERICA; Society of Health and Physical Educators  formerly American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Vitamins (MedlinePlus) General information on vitamins with links to specific vitamin sources from U.S. National Institutes of Health.